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Link 16 data link processor (DLP)

The data link processor open-architecture reduces Link 16 integration costs and provides interoperability.

For several years, BAE Systems has developed what is now a family of Link 16 test and integration tools. The data link processor (DLP), a compelling example of that design expertise, is a fully-functional joint tactical information distribution system (JTIDS) and multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) host processor.

The DLP is scalable, from an embedded Link 16 host processor to a fully functional Link 16 host, with situational awareness display and controls. Available in many different form factors, including 6U/3U VME, Compact PCI, and PC-104, the DLP supports conduction or convection-cooled cards to meet overall system design and installation requirements.

The DLP supports open architecture and scalable designs to dramatically reduce Link 16 costs while improving systems interoperability and accelerating a variety of functional certification processes. DLP supports a variety of Link 16 platforms (e.g., MIDS LVT1, MIDS FDL, Class 2 Navy air and ship, Class 2 F-15, and related terminals), as well as in-facility engineering and check-out.


Modular hardware and software, easily adapts to user requirements.

  • Scalable functionality from embedded applications to full stand-alone host functionality.
  • Expandable core design shown to also support wideband SATCOM and special- purpose (for example, common data link) equipments and protocols.
  • Message catalogs – implements the full TADIL-J catalog, in accordance with MIL-STD-6016.


  • 1990 – Under Navy leadership and corporate funding, the Link all-purpose work station (LAWS) software is developed. LAWS executes on ruggedized portable PCs, under a MS Windows® operating environment. Used extensively in shipboard integration and testing.
  • 1993 – Submarine JTIDS processor (LAWS-derivative) provides temporary host interface functionality for Link 16 usability testing onboard Los Angeles class submarines.
  • 1994 – LAWS-derivative demonstrates ability to transfer Link 16 messages over UHF and MILSTAR SATCOM (S-TADIL-J).
  • 1994 – Software functionality demonstrates sensor-to-shooter Link 16 connectivity as part of the battlefield awareness and data dissemination  technology demonstrations.
  • 1996 – MIDS field test equipment, supports successful MIDS international acceptance testing.
  • 1997 – Prototype DLP repeats 1994’s successful S-TADIL-J testing.
  • 1998 – DLP supports P3/S3 Link 16 DoD-level advanced concepts technology demonstration.